Academic journal article Military Review

SISTER IN THE BAND OF BROTHERS: Embedded with the 101st Airborne in Iraq

Academic journal article Military Review

SISTER IN THE BAND OF BROTHERS: Embedded with the 101st Airborne in Iraq

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SISTER IN THE BAND OF BROTHERS: Embedded with the 101st Airborne in Iraq, Katherine M. Skiba, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2005, 257 pages, $29.95.

Sister in the Band of Brothers demonstrates that embedding reporters in military units works. The U.S. Department of Defense uses the media to communicate with the American people about the war by allowing reporters unlimited access with limited censorship. Embedding journalists is about humanizing Soldiers in the midst of distant conflicts. It informs the public about the war, not from briefing rooms in Kuwait City, but from austere base camps in Iraq.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Katherine Skiba was one of 600 journalists embedded with U.S. forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her assignment took her with the 101st Airborne Division from the deserts of Kuwait to the streets of Baghdad. Amid the many books recently published about this war, Skiba's is distinctive because of her vibrant writing, compassion for Soldiers, and astute perspective.

After a week's training in a reporters' boot camp at Fort Benning, Georgia, Skiba joined the 159th Aviation Brigade of the 101st in Kuwait. One of eight journalists with the unit, and the only female, she shared the same sand-strewn, spartan conditions as the U. …

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